“I got up and went down to the deck. I saw Harry, the engineer, who was standing there in his pajamas, and asked me whether this was a drill? I answered, no way, this is the real thing.” The radio operator was right. On October 6, 1941, at 1:30 AM, two fighter aircraft opened fire on the English commercial ship, the Thistlegorm, which sank a few minutes later. The original target had not been the Thistlegorm, which though serving the war, was mainly constructed for commercial purposes. Nonetheless, after the unfortunate incident, the ship became a real legend.
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